Monthly Archives: February 2014

Making Minions

Next week is a big event for our family.  Our little guy William turns 2!  Which means I will have been back to work for an entire year which I cannot believe.  My how time has flown.  Though I have to admit my time off with my time off with my children feels like a distant memory and I feel like I have never left the classroom.

Anyway next weekend we will be celebrating with a Minion Themed party.  Between making over 50 valentine’s cards for the kids to hand out to their friends and prepping for a party it’s a busy time.  So I’ve decided to prep by doing an activity an evening.  We are making a pinata, a pin the googles on the Minion, Minion centre pieces, napkin rolls, balloons.  Most of inspiration is from Pinterest.  I found a really cute napkin roll pattern but I’ve put my own twist on it.

I used small yellow napkins, some blue ribbon and a single google eye and I think they are quite cute.  I used the instructions for the fold here and it’s so easy my 4 year old Keelyn was able to help me.

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Instead of Said

My students are in the process of writing Narratives.  We’ve been working on using quotation marks to indicate when our characters are speaking and my awesome partner in crime (Mr. Edwards – ERF) discovered this awesome website 219 words to use instead of said and I knew I had to share it with my class.  We brainstormed our own list of Instead of Said words and I think they came up with an impressive list.  We would welcome any of your own suggestions! 



Background, Middleground, Foreground

This past weekend I was searching Pinterest for art ideas to teach background, middleground and foreground to my students.  In my mind I knew how it had to go but it’s a tricky concept so I wanted some clear step by step activities that would help them understand using perspective in art.  As per usual Pinterest did not disappoint.  It linked me to an awesome blog – Deep Space Sparkle Art Lessons for Kids where it demonstrated having kids paint a winter landscape using the three elements of perspective (background, middleground, foreground).  If you are from Ontario then you know that today was certainly a winter landscape so I knew today was a perfect day for this lesson.


First Recess on Mount Massey

Normally when I teach art lesson I start with an artist example and then introduce the activity using by modelling the skills but I’m really open to the student interpretation of the activity.  But for this lesson I took a different approach.  I used the document camera and together we did the steps 1 at a time. I didn’t explain to students why were were doing the steps in the order we were as I wanted them to have some discovery and figure out perspective without me directly telling them. I have to admit I was a little nervous that the projects would come out cookie cutter but the results were spectacular and the students finished with a solid understanding of perspective.  When we were done I had the students leave their paintings on their desk and do a walkabout the room.  This brought out some really awesome insights from the kids.

Timothy said – “Wow!  It looks 3D”

Aneka shared – “It looks like you can walk through our forest pictures”

Mehak said- “The light trees look far away and the darker the paint gets the closer the trees look.”

Mya told us – “You know if you paint the background things small and the up front things big that makes it look close and far away too!”

Adam said- “I thought it was going to be a problem painting the dark trees on top of the light trees but it makes it look real”

Falicia said – ” We all did the same thing but the pictures all look different!”

Overall I think this lesson was a success.  The pictures show their individual artistic style and they were able to illicit the key messages from perspective that I was hoping they would get out of it.


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